Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday Selections

The usual mismash of bits and pieces I haven't used in other posts. Look out for Elephant's Child's Sunday Selections too.

A lip bruising car kiss.


I've only seen the rear of Mazu, the 15 metre tall statue at the Buddhist/Taoist Heavenly Queen Temple in Footscray, in spite of her already for a number of years gazing down on the Maribyrnong River. I think the temple may be a bit awkward to get to by public transport, but I will give it a shot one day. Although the main hall of the temple opened in 2015, the whole project was not due for completion until late this year.



What is this thing in a hospital ground with Yarra Trams emblazoned on the side? I assumed it was something for children to play in. It is ages since I took these photos and forgot about them. I've just realised Caulfield Hospital has a large rehabilitation department, especially for older people and I am guessing this is part of helping them use Melbourne's trams.




I'd like to think these are native grasses in flower but I really don't know. Photos taken from a train on the Altona Loop.



I liked what is on this sign, Live a little Louder, until I just checked and it is an ad for our casino.


Oh dear, expired Jun 2006. I think they were in my work locker. I took them to chemist for free safe disposal. No photo, but we always buy a bottle of gin for Christmas, not daily like some people with their Bombay Sapphire, and in preparation when we were in the supermarket R remarked that we needed tonic water. I replied that we will get some but there is already a bottle at home unopened. Once home I checked to make sure and the plastic bottle seemed like it had taken an aeroplane flight, a had become a little deformed, like a plastic water bottle on a plane does. We checked the date, and it expired in 2013. I don't know how we missed that. There wasn't a fizz when we opened it to tip it out. You can be sure a bottle of gin wouldn't have sat around that long.


These lumps protruding from the road way can be found all over Melbourne next to tram tracks. They are supposed have a very narrow sign about a metre tall saying Keep Left, that is stay off the tram tracks. This one opposite us lasted about one day after it was installed when a vehicle did not keep left. One car flattened it and the next car removed it entirely.


We bought this in South Africa last year and finally got around to having it framed, the framing costing three times the cost of the work. Forever we will wonder if it should have had a mount around it, that is a border between the work and the frame.


In the Aldi carpark, I have often wondered why these fans don't work especially on very hot days, presumably to blow some water cooled air around.


Hre is the answer. The must be extraction fans operated by this device if carbon monoxide reading become too high. Our car park at home has about twelve large extractor fans, which operate automatically in the morning and evening peaks when most cars will be departing or arriving, and as fans to extract smoke if there is a fire.


The public bicycle rack in Swanston Street has been removed but ours lower has not yet. I just checked and it is empty of bicycles now.



An old sign for a pinball parlour in Richmond. Such sleazy dens of iniquity they were, with drug dealing and both male and female prostitution often on the wrong side of the age of consent.


This probably should have happened years ago. It is not before time.


This was more than bruised lip car kiss. Chemist at the corner of Commercial Road and Chapel Street, Prahran. Having traffic lanes closed for pedestrians to walk around the damage caused traffic chaos.


Asians love a sale, their phones and they love their Burberry.

22 comments:

  1. Yet another varied collection.
    The last time I went to a pinball parlour I was indeed underage. And received an education.

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    1. EC, lol. I suppose there were some that were ok.

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  2. Well, this is certainly a potpourri of photos! I feel like I've been out wandering the streets for hours! Time now to settle back and get stuck into the Sunday paper!

    Have a great week, Andrew. :)

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  3. Great pictures! I have not been out at all. I do not miss those lines at all!

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    1. Maribeth, I am very reluctant to ever queue.

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  4. Mazu looks a little pearlescent, perhaps even heavenly, do you know what she is made of?
    I like the giraffe very much and think it looks fine as is. I had a cheap K-Mart print reframed after it got smashed one night and the new, much better looking frame cost quite a lot even with the discount he gave me for being a poor pensioner, but it has made the cheap print look so much nicer.

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    1. River, I think she is made of marble. You can buy picture frames off the shelf so cheaply but a decent hand done one does look better.

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  5. You have a good mixture of photos there and pleasing to see what's going on and what's not happening.

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  6. Good gin shaken with ice and just a hint of vermouth, strained into a chilled glass, no tonic needed. Great pictures.

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    1. Travel, we did go through a martini stage, but of course never bruised the gin by shaking it. Gently stirred.

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  7. What a great hodge podge of images!
    John is busy watching the golf from your town.
    No, all our snow is gone, we had so much rain.
    Car kisses - great name. I do the same, take pictures of the accidents outside our window.
    Yes, about time that coffee cups are recycled.
    I had high hopes for those bumps by the tram tracks, but was quickly deflated.
    Haven't had gin in forever! Do have a can of tonic in the fridge for vodka tonics.

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    1. Jackie, ah President's Cup I think. There was some controversy and a little biffo. Vodka tonics are dangerous as I can't really taste vodka and I am not sure how much is in one unless I make it myself.

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  8. I love that painting from South Africa. I think it looks fine without a matt. Just gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Gigi. We thought we were buying a one off early in our trip until we starting seeing them everywhere.

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  9. I too love that painting. Yes a mount would focus it more but hey, we all look at what they cost and frame accordingly.:D

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I don't know why we did have a mount as I think we always have had when we've had something framed.

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  10. It might not be a one of in South Africa Andrew, but it could well be in Melbourne 😉 Would have looked good with a mount but looks equally good without one, wonder no more 😁 Super series of Sunday shots, always enjoy seeing the views from you lofty height.

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    1. Grace, I asked the framer if he had seen one before and he said no. Thanks.

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  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echium_plantagineum_in_Australia ?

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    1. Thanks Marcellous. I didn't realise it grew so far south. I associate it with dryer areas. Much talk is about re-establishing native grasses in the area, so I guess it really should be removed.

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